Schiaparelli Exhibition and Musée des Arts Décoratifs

January 20, 2023


Hello lovelies,

my Interrail trip already seems to far away even though it was just 6 months ago. I still can't wrap my head around this fact or...time itself sometimes. 

But let's dive into the topif oc the Schiaparelli exhibition and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The introduction to the exhibition can only be found in French and as my French is abysmal, I used google translate:

"The Museum of Decorative Arts honors the audacious and inspiring work of Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian designer, whose inspiration was nourished by a privileged relationship with artists from the Parisian avant-garde milieu of the 1920s and 1930s. Almost 20 years after the retrospective dedicated to her in 2004, the museum wanted to revisit her work in order to make the public rediscover her innovative fantasy, her taste for the spectacle and her artistic modernity." -

Before going to the exhibtion, I had no idea who Elsa Schiaparelli was, I had never hear of her. But that changed quickly because I adored what I saw. 

When entering the exhibtion, a big sunlike structure with Elsa's signatures invites you to enter. I booked the earliest entrance and was one of the first to enter. It was really nice as most of the tourists came later on and as I left the exhibition to look at the rest of the museum, there were even fewer tourists.

Some rooms were quite dark which made taking pictures and videos really difficult. Some of the pictures were too blurry to upload and I have to admit that I didn't take a picture of every piece that was exhibited.

Cravat Jumper, 1927 France, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Daniel Roseberry, Look 06, Fall-Winter 21/22 (c) Maison Schiaparelli

Evening Coat, Fall 1937
Rayon knit, Silk embroidery and flowers by Lesage

Fall/Winter 22/23
Fall/Winter 22/23. Maison Schiaparelli

No Schiaparelli as far as I can remember, but her friend Salvador Dali's Aphrodisiac Dinner Jacket. It's said that there was créme de menthe in the shotglases.

Right dress is from 1939. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Sample from 1953. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Another sample from 1938. Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Sample. Silk embroidered with painted shells. 1952. Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Sample piece changing taffeta, embroidery of colored glass tubes in couching stitch, 1939. Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Evening jacket, Winter 1938-39. MET Museum

Sorry for the blurry picture, it was really dark in this room. But go to the MET Museum's site for better pictures and more information.

Evening coat, Winter 1938-1939
Wool, silk and china. Musée des Arts décoratifs

from the Cosmique collection, 1938–39 or (?). MET Museum

Schiaparelli Haute Couture SS22

adapted from a piece from the 2021 fall/winter collection
It was worn by Carey Mulligan to the Met Gala in 2022 and took about 4.000 hours to make.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture SS22
Schiaparelli Couture SS21

 I left the exhibition here and went to the other part of the museum.

Le cabinet des Fables

The evolution of seating

I couldn't find any information on this piece. In this room "la secone Renaissance" another piece is shown on their site. Maybe they exchanged it for a bit.

All the best and have a wonderful weekend,

Auris Lothol

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